Holiday Recipes: Must-Have Main Dishes

Gather around the dinner table to enjoy our scrumptious, diabetes-friendly holiday main dishes. From roasted turkey and chicken to herb-infused pork and beef, these festive entrees are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations. We've reduced the carbs and calories, so these delicious holiday dishes won't derail your diabetic meal plan.

Herbed-Lemon Turkey with Wild Mushroom Gravy

This herb-infused turkey is perfect for Thanksgiving. And with only 8 grams of carb per serving, it fits well into diabetic diets. What makes this turkey special? Dried cherries stuck under the skin of the turkey breast give each serving a hint of sweetness.

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Mustard-Maple Pork Roast

Turkey isn't the only holiday-special meat. Maple syrup, orange peel, and mustard add captivating flavor to the glaze for this succulent roast. Mmm!

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Traditional Roast Turkey

A medley of herbs and vegetables gives this golden roasted bird fresh-from-the-garden flavor while adding minimal carbs, calories, and fat -- great for diabetic meal plans. Bonus: After the holiday dinner, you'll have plenty of turkey left for future meals.

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Southwest Salmon and Sweet Potatoes

Switch things up and serve salmon and sweet potatoes for your holiday dinner. Using foil packets to steam foods -- rather than cooking them in butter or oil -- helps trim calories and fat. This salmon and sweet potato combo is a delightful example of yummy, diabetes-friendly dinners the whole family will love.

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Herb-Roasted Turkey and Vegetables

This herb-infused roast and vegetable combo will please even the pickiest eaters at the holiday table. Bonus: This tasty entree packs a protein punch -- 30 grams per serving!

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Herbed Steak with Balsamic Sauce

This Italian herb-rubbed steak gets a second layer of flavor from robust balsamic vinegar, making this healthful holiday dinner option super scrumptious. Serve with green beans for a tasty dinner that won't derail your diabetic meal plan.

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Garlic-Fennel Lamb Chops

Add some serious flavor to your holiday spread with these succulent lamb chops. Rubbed with sweet fennel, fresh garlic, and the aromatic spices coriander and cumin, this lamb dish brings the flavors of the Mediterranean to your dinner table.

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Fruit-Stuffed Pork Tenderloins

Colorful cranberries, apricots, and rice create a moist, flavorful stuffing for the pork tenderloins. A cream-base mustard and cranberry sauce makes this dish exceptionally delicious -- perfect for holiday meals.

Tip: The best way to tell doneness of the roast is by using an instant-read thermometer.

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Lemon Chicken with Stuffing

This holiday dinner is quick and easy to make -- you can prepare the chicken and stuffing in one pot! Dress it up by using big chunks of sourdough bread combined with mushrooms. The lemon peel, parsley, and chopped-walnut topping give it a fantastic citrusy flavor.

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Turkey-Vegetable Bake

Have some extra turkey? This creamy main dish gives leftovers a good name. Rice and vegetables win an encore for the last of the holiday turkey.

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Cider Pork Stew

This fix-and-forget stew is perfect for a holiday meal. Apple cider gives it a captivating hint of sweetness, and caraway seeds lend a savory twist.

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Lamb Chops with Ginger-Dijon Sauce

Tired of turkey? Try this savory lamb and potatoes recipe for your next holiday dinner. It's diabetes-friendly, and your guests will love the rich flavor.

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Venison with Blackberry Sauce

Nothing says elegant holiday dinner like this tender venison entree.

Tip: For moist venison, cook it to no more than medium doneness.

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Chicken in Wine Sauce

Stumped on what to make for a holiday dinner? Try this delicious, diabetes-friendly chicken main dish. Chicken and veggies are simmered in a delicate wine-flavored sauce, making this a flavorful (and healthful) dinner option.

Tip: Choose dark-meat chicken -- legs, thighs, or drumsticks -- for this dish.

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Balsamic Chicken

Celebrate the holiday season with a simple, savory chicken dish. A rub seasoned with paprika, rosemary, and garlic gives the meat lively flavor while a balsamic vinegar drizzle adds subtle sweetness.

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Cranberry Beef Roast

As this hearty brisket slowly simmers, the delicate sweetness of cranberries smooths out the flavor of the marinara sauce. No one will know this warm and inviting roast is diabetes-friendly.

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